Back to School with Google Classroom

Google-Classroom-Logo1It’s the time of year when teachers are frantically getting ready for the first day of school.  Organizing your physical classroom is probably first on your list but how are you going to organize your digital classroom? Google Classroom is my first choice!  Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way that can help you manage your digital classroom with ease.

  1. Number your Posts – Start with #001 or name your assignments by unit and/or lesson, Unit 1 Lesson 1.  Find a way that works for you and explain it to your students.  They can then find Ctrl F to quickly find the post they need instead of searching up and down the Class Stream.  
  2. Create Detailed Instructions – Make sure every assignment has clear directions so that you don’t have to keep repeating instructions.  You can also attach a quick video explaining the instructions and even model or give examples of what you want the students to do.
  3. Grade with a 0 or a 1 – Instead of putting percentage grades in Classroom and moving them into a separate gradebook, use zeros and ones.  A zero would let the student know that their assignment in still under review while a one would let them know their grade has been posted to the gradebook.  
  4. Use the About Tab – Post class materials that you want students to have access to all year long in the About tab, like your classroom expectations or syllabus.  Also utilize your Google Classroom Calendar!  You can open it in Google Calendar and embed it on your class website.
  5. Set your Notifications – Do you want to receive an email notification every time a student submits an assignment?  Or just when a comment is posted?  If you go to the Classroom Main Menu and select your settings, you can set up your notifications to meet your needs.

For more great tips check out Kasey Bell’s and Alice Keeler’s books on Google Classroom or use the Google Classroom Lunch and Learn presentation I created last year!

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